Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The Prized Possession

As he would lay his ink-pen to rest everyday, at dusk, he would watch them all with great amusement. 
 
Nowadays, the old man would often grumble about his tail which was slowly growing and which, he was finding increasingly difficult to hide from his wife. The old woman, on the other hand, was getting mysteriously younger by the day, as though she'd acquired the 'magic potion of youth' from some forbidden place. And their son, who once possessed princely handsomeness, would remain locked-up in his room all day, since the past few weeks. He couldn't bear what was happening to him -- rapidly growing sharp claws, devilish canines, dense growth of thick, pointed scales all over his body and an overwhelming desire to feel the texture of raw flesh, freshly torn apart.

The pen was his prized possession and though his pedantic writing didn't amuse many, yet he wrote. It brought him a kind of solace that he couldn't find elsewhere, for reasons best known to him. 

Today, however, was different.

He woke up with a startle in the middle of the night. Close to his feet, he saw the old couple's son, sitting with face buried in his hands. He froze at this sight. His pulse started racing, and suddenly he felt as if there was too much blood for his chest to hold. His mouth parched, voice choked in his own larynx and a paralyzing surge of weakness rapidly incapacitated him, totally. The eerie numbness creeping up his legs, arms and sadly, his brain, prevented him from breaking into a sprint.

The monster jolted towards him like a thunderbolt just as he recollected some words he'd forgotten to pay heed to.
'Be careful of what you write, for this ink shall bring every creation of your mind to life'.

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This post is in response to the Trifecta Writing Challenge - Week Seventy-Eight. The challenge is to write a 33-333 word piece that includes the word pedantic in its third definition i.e. unimaginative.

30 comments:

Atreyee said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Oooh!Wickedly cool!Reminds me of Cornelia Funk's "Inkheart" :-)

Valerie said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Now this is exactly why I use a computer...

This was wickedly cool! I loved it!

Jo-Anne Teal said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Ah, now what a fearsome pen that would be. Liked the slow reveal. Nicely done :))

Draug said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Very imaginative (:

Linda Vernon said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Oh my gosh! So scarey! Ink can't be erased either! Uh Oh. . .

Trifecta said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Would burning the pages help? Or would that only make things worse? At the very least, maybe he can reverse everything with some more writing!

Great use of the prompt!

Thank you for linking up! Don't forget to come back to vote!

September Dreams said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

@Atreyee
Thanks Atreyee... I hope you enjoyed some wickedness there ;)

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@Valerie
Just like you Valerie, I'm so glad having a comp too :d
Thanks for your comment dear.

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@Jo-Anne Teal

Thanks Jo-Anne... this was just like the case of hero-turned-villain.

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@Draug
Thanks Draug.

September Dreams said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

@Linda Vernon
Hey Linda... Remember we're lucky to not fall prey to any such ink :)
Thanks for your comment.

September Dreams said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

@Trifecta
Very imaginative comment Trifecta. Thanks for suggesting the possibilities to save our writer :)

jannatwrites said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

How scary! I was curious when he was growing a tail...I didn't know what to expect. I guess this is another excellent reason to write about goodness rather than evil :)

September Dreams said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thanks for your comment Janna...I do like to keep experimenting with different kinds of writing :)
Hope you enjoyed this one.

Varsha Dinesh said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I think one of my biggest fear is a character coming to life. It would go like "You, author, torturer: DIEE" and since I equip them all with lasers and/or swords, it's pretty much instant death for me. GREAT story! I love how you used the word that means "unimaginative" in such an imaginative way

September Dreams said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Haha... Love your use of words Varsha, especially "You author, torturer: DIEE". Loved reading ur comment as much as writing this post. Thank you :)

Stephanie B. @B4Steph said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I watched a movie a couple of months ago with this premise. Though the writer wrote a love story that came true for him. He had to write himself out of it eventually. Your monsters are infinitely more interesting.

September Dreams said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thanks for reading Stephanie. Love stories that come true sound so much fun too, though I wonder why he wrote himself out of it.

kdillmanjones.com said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Delightfully creepy! At first I was thinking, "this is every writer's nightmare, that their work is too pedestrian." Then the real nightmare started! Great end.

Sandra Tyler said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

eery and good pedantic!

Björn said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

That pen sounds to scary for me. Love the old man's tail

September Dreams said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Sure Kdillmanjones, it indeed would be nightmarish to have one's work labelled pedantic. Thanks for reading.

September Dreams said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thanks for reading Sandra.

September Dreams said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Hahaha Björn, of all the things, u chose to love the tail... Am glad though. Hope u enjoyed it.

momusnews said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

It seems it would be better to write of pots of gold, flowers, and hummingbirds if such things happen to the writer. Or if monsters must be written about, perhaps write about the shotgun that never misses. Love the idea. I enjoyed this a lot.

BetaRules said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

The mighty pen. Good story. (RogRites)

September Dreams said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

That's a good idea Momusnews... We'll all be lucky writers then... Thanks for your comment.

September Dreams said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thank you BetaRules... I'm glad you liked it :)

Thomas Marlowe said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

This was amazing - I loved the eerie strangeness of it all, and the ending was delightfully dark.

September Dreams said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thanks Thomas. Your comment is so encouraging... And I really look up to your writings...
May be draw a little inspiration from them too :)